In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America.
One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.
For Charles Maxwell, this story is personal. "My great-great-grandfather was apprenticed in the city of London in the 1680s to learn how to make gin," Maxwell says. "And from that day to this, we've distilled gin in London."
Throughout the month of September, the BBC will have a temporary news bureau in Boulder called BBC Pop-Up. It’s a unique journalistic experiment – a mobile bureau that will visit six U.S. cities over the course of six months, gathering stories to report for the BBC’s worldwide audience.
They’re relying on crowdsourcing to determine what those stories should be.